Arthropod-borne viruses are of major public health and veterinary importance worldwide. Many of these viruses are transmitted by various mosquito species. In parallel, mosquitoes are often persistently infected with other viruses, named insect-specific viruses as they are not known to infect vertebrate animals. Some of them have been shown to influence mosquito vector competence, however, a lot is still unknown about these viruses. In complement to understanding the life history of insect-specific viruses, their evolutionary and ecological characteristics can be investigated using untargeted viral metagenomics.
We are looking for a master’s student interested in viral bioinformatics to participate in the analyses of large viral metagenomic datasets, starting early 2021. The internship will involve virus discovery, genome annotation and phylogenetic analyses on already available data.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in bioinformatics, virology, biology or related fields.
- Current enrollment in a master’s program in bioinformatics, virology, biology or related fields.
- Basic coding skills in R/Python.
- Basic knowledge in molecular biology.
- Minimal experience with high-throughput sequencing data and/or phylogenetic analysis would be beneficial but not required.
To apply, please send your CV including contacts of two references & a brief motivation letter to Artem Baidaliuk (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Etienne Simon-Loriere (email@example.com) at the G5 Evolutionary genomics of RNA viruses group, Department of Virology, Institut Pasteur, Paris.
Feel free to contact us with any questions even if you have not decided to apply yet.
Please note that due to COVID-19 pandemic the internship will be remote.
Application deadline is December 15, 2020.